What To Expect At A Tulsa NightWriters Meeting:

Martin Regional Library

  • Due to Covid-19, we’ll be having our 2021 meetings via ZOOM. They’ll still be on our regular schedule, at our regular time, 7 pm. The zoom ID number is 647 927 2866.  The passcode is 1547.
  • The meeting room will be open around 6:50pm for you to sign in. We start around 7 pm. The meetings last around 60 – 90 minutes.
  • Our meetings are always informative and usually entertaining. Our goal is to help aspiring writers master their craft and find publication. We welcome all genre of writing.
  • The Tulsa NightWriters (TNWC) is a an affiliate of the Oklahoma Writer’s Federation, Inc. (OWFI).  You can choose to join TNWC alone, or also be a member of OWFI and enjoy all the benefits of both organizations.
  • Please announce yourself when you’re admitted into the zoom.
  • Hear what’s happening in the club with announcements and member ‘brags’.

  • Rex Griffin, President – Tulsa NightWriters Club.
  • Learn about opportunities for writing workshops, readings, and other literary events happening in our community.
  • Be educated, encouraged, and challenged by our quality speakers.
  • Meet and network with new writing friends.

Check out our monthly newsletters available on this website. Come back next month and do it all again!

We hope you’ll  join us. Questions? Feel free to ask any questions, click on the CONTACT US tab.

Once the pandemic is over, we hope to return to our usual meeting place, the Martin East Library Auditorium, 27th and Garnett, Tulsa.  Until then, we’ll meet by zoom at the meeting ID shown above and below.

DISCLAIMER:   This event is not affiliated in any way with the Tulsa City-County Library. The Library neither sponsors nor endorses this event, the speaker(s) or the organization.

2021 Meeting Schedule

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the rest of our meetings will be conducted as ZOOM meetings until further notice.  These are not difficult to attend, so don’t get hung up on the technology. Here’s a simple step by step to get you into the meeting.
  1. Go to and download the version of the software that fits your operating system OR if you will be using a tablet/iPad or smartphone then go to your App Store and download the Zoom app.

Here is their download site where you can find every version to download:

  1. Once it has been downloaded, click on the link below to join the meeting and when asked, type in the password below. Once in the “Zoom Room”, look for the video and microphone symbols to make sure they have been turned on so we can hear and see you. If you don’t have video capabilities, you can still join via audio only.

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 647 927 2866
Passcode: 1547

3. If you are using an iPad/tablet/smartphone, make sure to click on the above link on the device you plan on using so that it can access the Zoom app on that device.

2021 Meeting Schedule

April 20


Britton Gildersleeve.

“The Lyric, the Bard, the Story: Form, Line, & Image.” 

Britton is creating a presentation for our Poets, and how to use poetry elements in prose. Watch for details on our Facebook site!

A native of Tulsa, Britton Gildersleeve spent most of her childhood and adolescence in Southeast Asia. Following her marriage, she lived for 10 years in the Middle East. Her award-winning work has appeared in New Millenium WritingsNimrodPassager, Spoon River, Atlas Poetica and the Florida Review, among other journals. She was the director of a federal non-profit the Oklahoma State University Writing Project at OSU, where she also taught. Gildersleeve has a MA in English letters from the University of Tulsa and a Ph.D. in creative writing from OSU. Pudding House Publications has published both her chapbooks: The Privilege of Breath and the 2010 Trading with Devils. Kattywompus Press has published her third: A Murmuration of Bees.

She recently moved to Virginia, where she is now Workshop Facilitator at Lifelong Learning Institute at Virginia Tech. Britton describes herself as a writer, rabble-rouser teacher, and an advocate of the impact of beauty on the human heart. Check out her website

May 18 Meeting

Crafting Secondary Characters: Beyond Friends, Foils, and Foes

Karen Odden

Karen Odden pic

Here is Karen’s worksheet for our May meeting.

SC Writing Exercises TULSA[2173]

Here’s a YouTube link for tonight’s meeting.

Well-drawn, diverse, complex secondary characters can add nuance, humor, and conflict to a novel or short story. This session presents different types of secondary characters and explores how to develop them so they sing for themselves while also harmonizing with a main plotline. Referring to their current work-in-progress, participants will respond to three writing prompts and leave with exercises in hand.

Karen Odden’s interest in the Victorian era goes back to her New York University PhD dissertation. In it, she examined how descriptions of injuries from nineteenth-century railway disasters in popular novels, medical literature, and legal documents helped to create a discourse out of which Freud and other psychologists drew their ideas of “trauma.” By its very nature, a traumatic injury, with its long, belated trail of symptoms, calls us to look backward, to examine the past. Karen loves writing mysteries partly because the narrative always drives backwards as well as forward. That is, if there is a dead body on page 5, the rest of the book is the story of figuring out how it got there in the first place.

Karen served as an Associate Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and taught classes in English literature at New York University and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. She has contributed essays to books and journals, including Studies in the NovelJournal of Victorian Culture, and Victorian Crime, Madness, and Sensation; she has written introductions for Barnes and Noble’s Classics Series; and she served as an Assistant Editor for the academic journal Victorian Literature and Culture (Cambridge UP). Prior to receiving her Ph.D. in English, she worked in publishing at Harcourt Brace Jovanovich and McGraw-Hill, as a Media Buyer for Christie’s auction house in New York. She is currently at work on her fourth Victorian mystery, also set in 1870s London.

Karen currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona with her husband, her two children, and her ridiculously cute rescue beagle, Rosy.

June 15 Meeting


July 20 Meeting


August 17 Meeting


September 21 Meeting


October 19 Meeting



Michael Wallis, Keynote Speaker (Tentative)

Marilyn A. Hudson, Up the Stairs: Climbing the Character Arc (Tentative)

Sabrina A. Fish, World Building (Tentative)

November 16 Meeting

OWFI Prep Panel

December 21 Meeting

Christmas Party

Flash Writing Winners Announced

TNW Writer of the Year Award

Hall of Fame Recipients Announced

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